Kenneth Paul Sommerkamp, Jr.

April 11, 2024

Kenneth Paul Sommerkamp, Jr., 54, passed away peacefully on April 11, 2024, surrounded by family after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.

Kenny was born January 13, 1970, in Washington, DC. He grew up in Winston-Salem, NC where he graduated from Forsyth Country Day School. He continued his education at the University of Alabama where he graduated with a degree in political science, was a member of Kappa Alpha Order, and met his love LeAnn, his wife of thirty years.

He began his career in Charlotte, NC as a commercial real estate broker at Grubb & Ellis, Bissell Patrick. After working in commercial real estate for ten years, he moved into business development working at York Development Group, Cummins Atlantic, Metrolina Builders, and at the time of his death as Client Solutions Manager at JE Dunn Construction. He served on the golf committee for Hemby Children’s Hospital and was Spectator Services Division Chair for the 2017 PGA tournament at Quail Hollow Club.

Kenny was one of a kind. He had numerous close friends from every phase of his life. He was the guy you wanted to sit down and drink a beer with, he was always up for a good time and chatted with everyone he met. His grandfather was a pro-level golfer in the Hall of Fame at Duke University. Unfortunately, Kenny did not get those genes but loved the game just as much and played regularly with his band of MITs and every other time and place he had the chance. He loved music of all kinds and loved a good show – a Phish, Panic, or Goose show was definitely his happy place, whether it was a live show or blaring on the TV in the comfort of his den. He loved catching up with old friends and spending weekends in Tuscaloosa watching his beloved Tide, frequenting old hangout spots and the KA house.

He adored his three children – Ellie (27), Anna Davis (23) and Mack (19) – and spending time with them at Sea Island. He couldn’t be prouder of the young adults they are all becoming. He and LeAnn loved to travel, especially to the beach/islands with friends and family. He loved a sushi meal and a Japanese steakhouse – Kyoto in Winston-Salem was his lifetime favorite. He loved a cold Budweiser and any fruity or frozen, sugary sweet girly cocktail. He was a creature of habit – he liked the things he liked. We will especially miss Kenny’s laugh, his love of life, his gregarious spirit, and his unwavering zest for a good time.

Kenny is survived by his wife, LeAnn Glover Sommerkamp, his three children, Ellie Sommerkamp of New York, NY, Anna Davis Sommerkamp of Birmingham, AL, and Mack Sommerkamp of Charlotte. He is survived by his sister Paula Sommerkamp Magargle (Brian) and nephew Alex Magargle all of Columbia, SC and his father Kenneth Paul Sommerkamp Sr. (Susan) of Winston-Salem, NC. He is also survived by many loved aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his mother Elizabeth Perry Sommerkamp, maternal grandparents, Clifford Webster Perry Sr. and Pauline Davis Perry and paternal grandparents, Henry Joseph Sommerkamp, and Kathlyn Marie Diskon Sommerkamp.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM, Sunday, April 14, 2024. at Myers Park United Methodist Church. Following the service, family and friends will gather at Quail Hollow Club for a celebration of Kenny’s life.  

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to The University of Alabama or Hemby Children’s Hospital.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28204 (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at


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  • Elizabeth Davis

    Bo and I are holding all of the Sommerkamp’s in our hearts.

    Much love,


  • Alan A Marshall Jr

    I’m so sorry to learn of Ken’s passing. I thought so much of him as a friend, father and good man. Please know now that Dana and I will keep all of you in our prayers. God bless you Ken. I’m blessed to have known you. Alan Marshall Jr.

  • Gary & Laura Stephens

    Our deepest condolences are being sent to the entire Summerkamp family.

  • Scott Roberts

    So sorry to hear this very sad news. Kenny and I were best friends in 2nd-3rd grade at Summit School in Winston-Salem. We bonded over being diehard Duke hoops fans in a sea of UNC and Wake enthusiasts. I have many fond memories of sleepovers at the Sommerkamp house following a meal at Kyoto’s, and his parents and his sister were also such kind and welcoming hosts as well. Even at 8 years old, Kenny had a larger than life personality—such a fun loving spirit and it was always a good time if Kenny was involved. I moved away to PA but glad we could stay in occasional touch over the years—even taking in a game at Cameron Indoor every now and then—and that he had such a wonderful family life. My deepest sympathies to the Sommerkamp family.

  • Helen MacMillan Redwine

    Kenny’s light shined not only in everything mention in his obituary, but also in the time he took to remember and include everyone wholeheartedly. I’m so sorry for y’all that were looking forward to more memories. I hope that one day you can rest assured that he made every moment count with love in happiness with you.

  • David Evans

    So very sorry to hear the news of Kenny passing, he was truly one of a kind. Always lit up the room with his smile and infectious laugh. He will be sorely missed, especially in the construction industry. Heartfelt condolences, love and all the support to the family. Rest in peace my friend.

  • Amy Vaughn

    Leann, I am so very sorry to hear of his passing. It brought a flush of memories back to me, seeing your post just now on FB. It's been a long time since I've seen yall but a shared history is never forgotten. Big hugs & prayers for you & your family.

  • Maura Whalen Baker

    LeAnn - there are no words as I am in shock hearing this news today. You are in my prayers, your children are in my prayers and will be in the days ahead. Please know I would be there for the service tomorrow if I weren’t out of town. Miss you and I am sending you BIG HUGS!!!

  • Tripp Edwards

    I really enjoyed getting to know Kenny through my brother, Chris over the past couple of decades through golf, through concerts, and attempting not to beat the sunrise. I know for a fact there are 1000s he touched who will severely miss Kenny. My thoughts are with you, LeAnn and with all his peeps!! Godspeed Sommerkamps.

  • Anne Kent

    What a beautiful tribute to a well loved man.

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